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Winter 2021

I am delighted to welcome readers to another issue of Lamont Lyrics! While it has been a demanding year navigating face masks, social distancing and other mitigations, our community has continued to flourish through dozens of streamed performances, online master classes, intellectual engagement and inspiring creativity. All of us will remember 2020-2021 both for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and for our unfailing efforts to sustain our art, be we performers, composers, conductors, scholars, theorists or teachers.

This volume of Lyrics, like its predecessors, combines news updates with profiles of individuals from all sectors of the Lamont community: a longtime donor and friend of Lamont, a faculty member who has had an indelible influence on Lamont students, an alumnus building a successful career while navigating the pandemic, a student with an entrepreneurial spirit, and supportive parents of a current Lamont student. All are part of the community we call Lamont.



Keith Ward

Take a Look at Us

A yearbook of streamed performances where performers soared in spite of strict pandemic protocols.

Virtual performance

Lamont Concert & Events Calendar

Since we are unable to invite our audiences to the Newman Center this winter and spring, many Lamont concerts and recitals will be streamed.

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Introducing an alumnus conductor now a rising star in Europe, a graduate student singer building a podcast future, New Mexico parents bringing a warm glow to Lamont, a donor who spreads her joy across Denver and a professor whose students are legion.

Kornel Thomas


Kornel Thomas, AD 2014 in conducting, grew up in Budapest. As the Assistant Conductor of the Savaria Symphony in Hungary, he is one of the rising young stars among orchestra conductors in Europe.

Photo by Zsofi Raffay

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Lilli Bailey=Duran


Graduate Student Lilli Bailey Duran created The Rose Room student podcast and has ambitious plans for a national college podcast network.

Angela Mitchell interviewed Lilli for Lyrics.

Interview The Rose Room
Mansi Family


Carmen Flórez-Mansi and Tom Mansi bring a warm glow to Lamont and son Thomasluke from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they contribute their talents to the Symphony, the Cathedral Basilica and St. Michael's High School.

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Barbara Goldburg


A long-time Lamont Society donor and former council president, Barbara Goldburg spreads her joy and support across the Denver non-profit community.

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John Kinzie and Students


After more than 20 years, Lamont's Director of Percussion Studies John Kinzie’s students are already legion. They talk about the impact he has made on their lives and careers.

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News Stories

Lamont Distinguished Alumni Award & Newman Fellowship Gift

Robert wolff

Robert Wolff, BM 1983, Receives 2021 Lamont Distinguished Alumni Award

Scoring editor for three of John Williams' Star Wars films and currently editing a recording project for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Lamont School of Music has named film scoring and recording editor Robert Wolff (BM 1983) as the recipient of its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was voted by the faculty for the second year as part of an effort to honor and connect with Lamont alumni. The award will be formally presented to Wolff when he visits the campus later this year.

Photo: Andrea Shea, WBUR/Boston. A Boston Symphony Orchestra playback session for Shostakovich #8, Symphony Hall, Boston, March 2016. (L to R) Maestro Andris Nelsons and Robert Wolff.

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Robert & Judi Newman

Gift from Robert and Judi Newman Benefits Music Students

Robert & Judi Newman, whose involvement with the University spans decades, recently renewed a gift to Lamont that funds a two-year fellowship for master of music students in performance or conducting.

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Martin Kuuskmann Interview

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Our faculty, guests artists, ensembles and solo student performers present 300 concerts, recitals and events each concert season. In addition to producing the opera or performing with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, our students and faculty travel the world, record, publish and engage with audiences throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

If you have an idea for a story contact Chris Wiger at the Lamont Public Relations office.

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